An unflinching commitment to community service is reflected in the more than 40,000 volunteer hours logged annually by Southern Miss students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg and the surrounding areas. Giving back represents more than an ideal or a commercial slogan to the Southern Miss family which regularly donates time, money and materials to a wide array of charitable organizations.
Community Service Learning
Since its founding in 1992, the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at The University of Southern Mississippi has served as the volunteer and service learning hub for all members of the university family.
Additionally, the OCSL has developed into a resource center for academic service-learning and community engagement for local K-12 school districts and the entire Hattiesburg area.
A United Way agency, the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention serves an 11-county area with a full-time staff complemented by a number of volunteers who operate a 24-hour crisis hotline and provide a variety of individual and group counseling services.
The center assists sexual assault victims, including adults and children, and provides free support groups for families affected by homicide, suicide and missing family members.
The center is named for the late Dr. Bill Shafer, who served as director of the Southern Miss Counseling Center,
The Institute for Disability Studies' mission is to positively affect the lives of Mississippians with development and other disabilities and their families in helping them work toward increasing their independence, productivity and integration into their communities.
IDS provides assistance with priority areas such as housing, early intervention, inclusive child care, assistive technology, recreation, health, education and family support.
The institute is housed at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg with satellite offices in Jackson and the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
Southern Miss Wellness and Recreational Sports have teamed up to provide a weekly Farmers' Market from May through October. Fresh produce, baked goods and original artwork are among items students, faculty, staff and community members can expect to find each week, from 3-6 p.m.
Vendors from Hattiesburg and the surrounding areas will sell locally grown and produced foods and crafts.
The University of Southern Mississippi provides an educational opportunity designed to meet the needs of America’s maturing population through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Adults over the age of 50 who care about their education, who are self-motivated and who wish to define their own educational experience can realize their personal goals in a relaxed university atmosphere through participation in the institute.
Luckyday Scholarship Program
Each year the Luckyday Foundation funds Luckyday Scholarships worth $4,000 to 100 entering freshmen.
The scholarships are renewable for the same amount provided the recipients continue to meet eligibility requirements.
Established by the late Frank R. Day of Jackson, Miss., the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for high school seniors who demonstrate leadership skills, who are exemplary students, who are involved in their communities and who need financial assistance to pursue a higher education at Southern Miss.